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17th Sep '16 10:11:47 AM charliebiggs
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* ​Riley Freeman from ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' is an interesting example. He's pretty smart, and occasionally displays an insight and vocabulary beyond what one would expect of an eight-year-old. However, the highest grade he's ever achieved in school is a C+ and even this he thought was too high. This is because Riley's goal in life is to emulate his favorite gangsta rappers. So it's more like Brilliant, but Ignorant. His brother Huey points out that one of his idols, [[Main/TheNotoriousBIG the Notorious B.I.G.]], was actually a decent student as a kid, much to Riley's disbelief.
12th Sep '16 10:03:54 PM Gamermaster
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* Verossa Acous of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' is an excellent investigator, but often is late for or skips work.

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* Verossa Acous of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' is an excellent investigator, but often is late for or skips work.
11th Sep '16 5:33:23 PM Tsukireiko
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*** Gohan has the potential to become ''the'' strongest fighter in the universe. However, he lacks the [[BloodKnight the instinctive love of combat]] that pure-blood Saiyans like his father and Vegeta do, and has developed a tendency to not keep up with his martial arts training in times of peace so his strength and ability greatly fluctuates. On the other hand, when the people he cares about are in danger and matters are looking very serious, Gohan becomes intensely focused on training and shows off why he is his father's son. He is also more naturally driven to scholarly pursuits, earning top grades in school and ending up with a good job to support his family as an adult. It's not so much that he is ''lazy'', more that fighting simply isn't high on his list of importance.

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*** Gohan has the potential to become ''the'' strongest fighter in the universe. However, he lacks the [[BloodKnight the instinctive love of combat]] that pure-blood Saiyans like his father and Vegeta do, and has developed a tendency to not keep up with his martial arts training in times of peace so his strength and ability greatly fluctuates. On the other hand, when the people he cares about are in danger and matters are looking very serious, Gohan becomes intensely focused on training and shows off why he is his father's son. He is also more naturally driven to scholarly pursuits, earning top grades in school and ending up with a good job to support his family as an adult. It's not so much that he is ''lazy'', more that fighting simply isn't high on he tends to put effort into his list of importance. other interests if he is able to.
11th Sep '16 5:32:03 PM Tsukireiko
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*** Gohan has the potential to become ''the'' strongest fighter in the universe. However, he lacks the [[BloodKnight the instinctive love of combat]] that pure-blood Saiyans like his father and Vegeta do, so he doesn't usally train. On the other hand, when the people he cares about are in danger and matters are looking veyr serious, Gohan is intensely focused on training and shows off why he is his father's son. He is also more naturally driven to scholarly sources, earning top grades in school and ending up with a good job to support his family as an adult.
*** Goku has spent his life training with many people to become stronger and shows a love of doing so coinciding with his Saiyan blood and his own personality. However, because training, fighting and eating are his main interests, it's hard to get him to do anything else. This is a point of constant tension between Chi-Chi and him since she wants him to get a job. She eventually gets her way, making Goku get a job as a farmer.

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*** Gohan has the potential to become ''the'' strongest fighter in the universe. However, he lacks the [[BloodKnight the instinctive love of combat]] that pure-blood Saiyans like his father and Vegeta do, and has developed a tendency to not keep up with his martial arts training in times of peace so he doesn't usally train. his strength and ability greatly fluctuates. On the other hand, when the people he cares about are in danger and matters are looking veyr very serious, Gohan is becomes intensely focused on training and shows off why he is his father's son. He is also more naturally driven to scholarly sources, pursuits, earning top grades in school and ending up with a good job to support his family as an adult.
adult. It's not so much that he is ''lazy'', more that fighting simply isn't high on his list of importance.
*** Goku has spent his life training with many people to become stronger and shows a love of doing so coinciding with his Saiyan blood and his own personality. However, because training, fighting and eating are his main interests, it's hard to get him to do anything else. This is a point of constant tension between Chi-Chi and him since she wants him to get a job. She eventually gets her way, making Goku get a job as a farmer.farmer, which in a roundabout way suits him due to its potential to be physically laborious.
6th Sep '16 12:21:12 AM whereismytea
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', [[GuileHero Yukimura]] gets the Braves to do all the heavy lifting for him in private and public matters, and would sooner pretend to be sick in bed rather than greet his own brother, but his [[TheStrategist brilliance]] is unquestionable.
2nd Sep '16 2:47:47 PM StFan
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->''"Progress doesn't come from early risers--progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things."''

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->''"Progress doesn't come from early risers--progress risers -- progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things."''






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* ''LoveAtFourteen'': Nagai. Hinohara knows this and motivates him(through questionable means).

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* ''LoveAtFourteen'': ''Manga/LoveAtFourteen'': Nagai. Hinohara knows this and motivates him(through questionable means).



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*** This is developed furter on and he does mention that he will help Naruto with his dream of being Hokage. This after seeing an interaction with [[spoiler: the resurrected goofy First Hokage and his serious younger brother, the Second Hokage]] interact and coming to the conclusion Naruto needs someone to be able to advise him on matters.

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*** This is developed furter further on and he does mention that he will help Naruto with his dream of being Hokage. This after seeing an interaction with [[spoiler: the resurrected goofy First Hokage and his serious younger brother, the Second Hokage]] interact and coming to the conclusion Naruto needs someone to be able to advise him on matters.



* Oreki Houtarou in ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'' has proven to be remarkably intelligent and gifted with quick deductions, and (as theorised by his best friend Satoshi) would have been one of the most popular and academically outstanding men in his school if he weren't so lazy.
** ''"If I don't have to do it, I won't. If I have to, I'll do it quick."''

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* Oreki Houtarou in ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'' has proven to be remarkably intelligent and gifted with quick deductions, and (as theorised theorized by his best friend Satoshi) would have been one of the most popular and academically outstanding men in his school if he weren't so lazy.
** ''"If -->'''Oreki:''' If I don't have to do it, I won't. If I have to, I'll do it quick."''



** Kyouraku prefers to get drunk and veg out under the sun to fighting, despite being one of the strongest captains in the Soul Society. When ordered to stop the intruders, he tries to avoid fighting by asking Chad to drink with him instead. When he fights the most powerful Espada, Starrk realises they share this personality, and, believing Kyouraku hates fighting as much as him, suggests they engage in a pretend fight until the war is over. He discovers too late that he was wrong; Kyouraku may be "brilliant but lazy", but he's actually a ConfusionFu specialist who believes in getting a fight finished as fast as possible by misdirection and pragmatism.

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** Kyouraku prefers to get drunk and veg out under the sun to fighting, despite being one of the strongest captains in the Soul Society. When ordered to stop the intruders, he tries to avoid fighting by asking Chad to drink with him instead. When he fights the most powerful Espada, Starrk realises realizes they share this personality, and, believing Kyouraku hates fighting as much as him, suggests they engage in a pretend fight until the war is over. He discovers too late that he was is wrong; Kyouraku may be "brilliant but lazy", but he's actually a ConfusionFu specialist who believes in getting a fight finished as fast as possible by misdirection and pragmatism.



** Minako Aino from is a dedicated fighter, but a complete loser when it comes to pretty much everything else.
*** Notable because she ''is'' intelligent (as shown in the manga by her plans and how she was able to play the BodyDouble to Usagi and in the anime by just how fast she could learn English, something most Japanese have extreme trouble with, by just staying in London for a while), but she just can't be bothered. In [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her origin story]] Artemis even bemoaned just how troublesome was to train her because she just wouldn't care...until he found out [[TaughtByTelevision how easily she picked up things from video games]] and loved her appearance, [[GenreSavvy thus taking care of the theory by creating a video game that worked also as a training simulator and pointing out she was getting fat from eating too much to get her to train her body]] (at least until she became MarriedToTheJob).
** Usagi Tsukino could count for sheer power, but that's not really brilliance.
** Usagi ''isn't'' brilliant, but could get decent grades if she simply did the work. A better example may be her brother Shingo in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], who effortlessly gets good grades, is a whiz at most video games, and is a tinkerer ''par excellence'' (he once rigged the bathroom scale to break hilariously once Usagi stepped on it) but spends a lot of his free time messing around and picking on his sister.

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** Minako Aino from is a dedicated fighter, but a complete loser when it comes to pretty much everything else.
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else. Notable because she ''is'' intelligent (as shown in the manga by her plans and how she was able to play the BodyDouble to Usagi and in the anime by just how fast she could learn English, something most Japanese have extreme trouble with, by just staying in London for a while), but she just can't be bothered. In [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her origin story]] Artemis even bemoaned bemoans just how troublesome was it is to train her because she just wouldn't care...won't care... until he found finds out [[TaughtByTelevision how easily she picked picks up things from video games]] and loved loves her appearance, [[GenreSavvy thus taking care of the theory by creating a video game that worked works also as a training simulator and pointing out she was is getting fat from eating too much to get her to train her body]] (at least until she became becomes MarriedToTheJob).
** Usagi Tsukino could count for sheer power, but that's not really brilliance.
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brilliance. Usagi ''isn't'' brilliant, but could get decent grades if she simply did the work. work.
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A better example may be her brother Shingo in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], who effortlessly gets good grades, is a whiz at most video games, and is a tinkerer ''par excellence'' (he once rigged rigs the bathroom scale to break hilariously once Usagi stepped steps on it) but spends a lot of his free time messing around and picking on his sister.



* [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]] in the manga at least is very intelligent, far more than many people credit him as being, judging by fan fiction. Similar to Shikumaru above, Ranma does just enough not to appear stupid to in the eyes of others. The biggest example of this is the fact that Ranma wasn't worried about Principal Kuno showing Ranma's grades to everyone which implies that either Ranma does not generally get bad grades or he really doesn't care about them (a view point that is countered by Ranma's actions when Principal Kuno implied they were extremely low). Ranma was also happy with his grade when it was shown on CMN news, meaning it wasn't that bad a grade. In addition Miss Hinako doesn't really attempt to get him to improve, she tries to get him to take school seriously and conform. Ranma is a martial arts nerd that is not overly interested in many other things; learning the names of every past ruler of Japan or all the baseball teams would be viewed as a pointless waste of time, since he'd see no practical purpose for that knowledge and it has nothing to do with martial arts, but if it relates to martial arts or he sees a practical purpose in acquiring the skill/knowledge he will happily do so.
** Another aspect of this might be the fact that despite being a ChasteHero Ranma went on more dates than all the other teenagers combined. He knows to dress up, give the girl compliments, give the girl gifts such as flowers, knows where to take them on dates, he knows the proper etiquette for being at various locations (restaurants, movies, theaters), etc.

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* [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma]] ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma, in the manga at least is very intelligent, far more than many people credit him as being, judging by fan fiction. Similar to Shikumaru above, Ranma does just enough not to appear stupid to in the eyes of others. The biggest example of this is the fact that Ranma wasn't isn't worried about Principal Kuno Kunō showing Ranma's grades to everyone which implies that either Ranma does not generally get bad grades or he really doesn't care about them (a view point that is countered by Ranma's actions when Principal Kuno Kunō implied they were are extremely low). Ranma was is also happy with his grade when it was shown on CMN news, meaning it wasn't isn't that bad a grade. In addition Miss Hinako doesn't really attempt to get him to improve, she tries to get him to take school seriously and conform. Ranma is a martial arts nerd that is not overly interested in many other things; learning the names of every past ruler of Japan or all the baseball teams would be viewed as a pointless waste of time, since he'd see no practical purpose for that knowledge and it has nothing to do with martial arts, but if it relates to martial arts or he sees a practical purpose in acquiring the skill/knowledge he will happily do so.
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so. Another aspect of this might be the fact that despite being a ChasteHero Ranma went on more dates than all the other teenagers combined. He knows to dress up, give the girl compliments, give the girl gifts such as flowers, knows where to take them on dates, he knows the proper etiquette for being at various locations (restaurants, movies, theaters), etc.



* Agon of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Said to be the quarterback that comes only once every 100 years, and he never shows up to practice. He spends every day womanizing, beating up people, ditching those women, and the few times he practices, he doesn't even put on his uniform. And he's still awesome at football. A rare villainous example of this trope; part of the reason Agon is so odious is because he was born with incredible talent and can dominate almost anyone without putting forth any effort. He is fully aware of this and even laughs about it, mocking those who try hard. In a series that's all about improving oneself through hard work and effort, that puts him in direct philosophical opposition to basically every other character. Emphasized by Agon's brother, who has had to work hard his entire life to be half as good as Agon is.

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* Agon of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''.''Manga/Eyeshield21''. Said to be the quarterback that comes only once every 100 years, and he never shows up to practice. He spends every day womanizing, beating up people, ditching those women, and the few times he practices, he doesn't even put on his uniform. And he's still awesome at football. A rare villainous example of this trope; part of the reason Agon is so odious is because he was born with incredible talent and can dominate almost anyone without putting forth any effort. He is fully aware of this and even laughs about it, mocking those who try hard. In a series that's all about improving oneself through hard work and effort, that puts him in direct philosophical opposition to basically every other character. Emphasized by Agon's brother, who has had to work hard his entire life to be half as good as Agon is.



* Miyako of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' is a non-BookDumb example. Every time we saw her in classes that are not studio arts, she always dozes off--yet her junior high grades were so great that she had the academic portion of her high school admission exam exempted.

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* Miyako of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' is a non-BookDumb example. Every time we saw her in classes that are not studio arts, she always dozes off--yet off -- yet her junior high grades were so great that she had the academic portion of her high school admission exam exempted.



** Admiral Aokiji. Most of the time he's on screen he's either sleeping or relaxing on a chair. He also happens to be one of the Three Admirals, the Marines' most powerful commanders, who in his first appearance brutally curbstomped half of the Straw Hats with almost zero effort (he took out Robin and Luffy in a single attack). That's not even getting into the sheer carnage he caused at Marineford...
*** However, the most telling case occured during the timeskip. [[spoiler: Sengoku retires after the stress of the job of Fleet Admiral gets to him, especially after the Five Elder Stars cover up the escape of extremely dangerous criminals. He recommends Aokiji for the job, but other officials elect Akainu. While Aokiji would normally never go for such a job, the idea of Akainu becoming head of all Marines was enough for him to get serious. So serious in fact he challenged Akainu to a duel for the job, the loser giving up the spot. This duel between the two Admials went on for ''ten days'' and permanently creating severe weather on the island they were on (massive blizzards on one side and a hot volcanic hell on the other). Despite having the elemental advantage, Akainu barely won and Aokiji quit rather than work for Akainu.]]
** Gecko Moriah, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, has a very powerful Devil Fruit ability that lets him steal people's shadows and implant them into corpses, creating zombies. However, he's lazy as hell, which makes him much weaker than he should be. [[spoiler:In fact, he got so weak he actually lost his position as a Warlord]].
*** He wasn't this originally. He actually was a very proactive fighter in his youth, but [[spoiler:his brutal loss against Kaidou and having lost his crew broke him and shook his view.]] His dependence on his zombies is a result of this.
** WordOfGod confirms that Buggy is this. He genuinely has the potential to be one of the most powerful men in the ''One Piece'' world--he's just too damn lazy to do anything about it.

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** Admiral Aokiji. Most of the time he's on screen he's either sleeping or relaxing on a chair. He also happens to be one of the Three Admirals, the Marines' most powerful commanders, who in his first appearance brutally curbstomped curbstomps half of the Straw Hats with almost zero effort (he took takes out Robin and Luffy in a single attack). That's not even getting into the sheer carnage he caused causes at Marineford...
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Marineford... However, the most telling case occured occurs during the timeskip. [[spoiler: Sengoku [[spoiler:Sengoku retires after the stress of the job of Fleet Admiral gets to him, especially after the Five Elder Stars cover up the escape of extremely dangerous criminals. He recommends Aokiji for the job, but other officials elect Akainu. While Aokiji would normally never go for such a job, the idea of Akainu becoming head of all Marines was is enough for him to get serious. So serious in fact he challenged challenges Akainu to a duel for the job, the loser giving up the spot. This duel between the two Admials went goes on for ''ten days'' and permanently creating creates severe weather on the island they were are on (massive blizzards on one side and a hot volcanic hell on the other). Despite having the elemental advantage, Akainu barely won and Aokiji quit rather than work for Akainu.]]
** Gecko Moriah, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, has a very powerful Devil Fruit ability that lets him steal people's shadows and implant them into corpses, creating zombies. However, he's lazy as hell, which makes him much weaker than he should be. [[spoiler:In fact, he got so weak he actually lost his position as a Warlord]].
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Warlord]]. He wasn't this originally. He originally: he actually was a very proactive fighter in his youth, but [[spoiler:his brutal loss against Kaidou and having lost his crew broke him and shook his view.]] His dependence on his zombies is a result of this.
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** WordOfGod confirms that Buggy is this. He genuinely has the potential to be one of the most powerful men in the ''One Piece'' world--he's world -- he's just too damn lazy to do anything about it.



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** Frieza was born naturally strong. Without ever trying, he was the strongest being in the universe before Super Saiyan Goku came along. In ''Resurrection 'F''' he finally decides to subvert this after coming back to life, realizing that if a Saiyan could go and exceed him and monsters like Majin Buu, what would traning do for someone like him. [[spoiler: He still falls into this, however, since he didn't bother to master his golden transformation before going to Earth and never fully learned from his mistakes on Namek]]. As another testament to his laziness, during the Namek Saga, [[OrcusOnHisThrone literally his]] ''[[OrcusOnHisThrone entire army]]'' [[OrcusOnHisThrone had to die]] before he could be bothered to so much as track down the Z-Fighters himself, let alone challenge them - he assumed Dodoria and Zarbon would deal with his Vegeta problem, and when that didn't happen, he called in the Ginyu Force, only to find out later while he was off on an errand (to figure out how to activate the Dragon Balls) that ''they all got killed as well''.

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** Frieza was born naturally strong. Without ever trying, he was the strongest being in the universe before Super Saiyan Goku came along. In ''Resurrection 'F''' he finally decides to subvert this after coming back to life, realizing that if a Saiyan could go and exceed him and monsters like Majin Buu, what would traning training do for someone like him. [[spoiler: He him? [[spoiler:He still falls into this, however, since he didn't doesn't bother to master his golden transformation before going to Earth and never fully learned learns from his mistakes on Namek]]. As another testament to his laziness, during the Namek Saga, [[OrcusOnHisThrone literally his]] ''[[OrcusOnHisThrone entire army]]'' [[OrcusOnHisThrone had has to die]] before he could can be bothered to so much as track down the Z-Fighters himself, let alone challenge them - -- he assumed assumes Dodoria and Zarbon would deal with his Vegeta problem, and when that didn't doesn't happen, he called calls in the Ginyu Force, only to find out later while he was is off on an errand (to figure out how to activate the Dragon Balls) that ''they all got killed as well''.



* ''Manga/PingPong'': Most people's opinion of Smile vis-a-vis his table tennis skills.

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Most people's opinion of Smile vis-a-vis his table tennis skills.



* Tarras Douberg from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' is shown to be very powerful and capable as an A-ranked WH, but he isn't seen as such for a period of time, and is regarded an extra from his lack of participation in a fight. At one point in time, he claims he shouldn't waste his energy fighting the underlings. He also later takes a period of time to join into a fight when he is troubled by his own personal, and considered somewhat pathetic, problems.
* {{Exaggerated}} in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' with Phonsekal Laure, a genius [[MagicByAnyOtherName Wave Controller]] who has a strong habit of sleeping everywhere. Especially on the battlefield. He's never without his blanket and pillow, and when he has to move around, he floats with them around him; his teammates once had to threaten to take them away to get him to do anything.



* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''
** Wally may not actually be brilliant, but he's at least a case of ''Competent'' But Lazy. He could achieve a lot more if his immediate superior was someone other than the one and only PointyHairedBoss. The original Wally, in his very first appearance, is brilliant, but trying to get fired to get a company severance package. ScottAdams has said this scenario was ''exactly'' based on Real Life. In one storyline he made so much money betting ''against'' the company in the stock market that he was a billionaire. He kept working there because he didn't know how to make coffee. Wally worked on the company's accounting software in the 80's. 'It's a million lines of undocumented spaghetti logic'. He'll be receiving paychecks long after he's dead. More than one time he has shown that his true ambition in life is to be ''useless'', not lazy; in fact, he tends to put more effort into creative new ways of avoiding anything resembling a task than any amount that could possibly demanded by said task. He once joined golf to learn new ways of being useless.
** Also in ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'', WordOfGod says the smartest person in the strip is Dilbert's garbageman. Why would the smartest person in the world ''be'' a garbageman? The author doesn't know, since ''he'' isn't the smartest person in the world.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' is incredibly lazy but quite intelligent: he is able to outwit criminals, is a skilled detective, and can build advanced technology out of simple household objects.
* Franco-Belgian comic book icon ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'' is an interesting example; while he is indeniably a ''huge'' slacker, frequently sleeping on the job or spending company time goofing around [[UltimateJobSecurity without consequences]], he is also a gadgeteer genius with a knack for chemistry. The interesting part is, most of his inventions end up malfunctioning/blowing up in his face, with the vast majority of his really successful creations happening purely out of luck.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''
** Wally may not actually be brilliant, but he's at least a case of ''Competent'' But Lazy. He could achieve a lot more if his immediate superior was someone other than the one and only PointyHairedBoss. The original Wally, in his very first appearance, is brilliant, but trying to get fired to get a company severance package. ScottAdams has said this scenario was ''exactly'' based on Real Life. In one storyline he made so much money betting ''against'' the company in the stock market that he was a billionaire. He kept working there because he didn't know how to make coffee. Wally worked on the company's accounting software in the 80's. 'It's a million lines of undocumented spaghetti logic'. He'll be receiving paychecks long after he's dead. More than one time he has shown that his true ambition in life is to be ''useless'', not lazy; in fact, he tends to put more effort into creative new ways of avoiding anything resembling a task than any amount that could possibly demanded by said task. He once joined golf to learn new ways of being useless.
** Also in ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'', WordOfGod says the smartest person in the strip is Dilbert's garbageman. Why would the smartest person in the world ''be'' a garbageman? The author doesn't know, since ''he'' isn't the smartest person in the world.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' is incredibly lazy but quite intelligent: he is able to outwit criminals, is a skilled detective, and can build advanced technology out of simple household objects.
* Franco-Belgian comic book icon ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'' is an interesting example; while he is indeniably undeniably a ''huge'' slacker, frequently sleeping on the job or spending company time goofing around [[UltimateJobSecurity without consequences]], he is also a gadgeteer genius with a knack for chemistry. The interesting part is, most of his inventions end up malfunctioning/blowing up in his face, with the vast majority of his really successful creations happening purely out of luck.



* In ''ComicStrip/TheBeano'', Roger the Dodger's gimmick is that he's often coming up with schemes to get out of doing work. Ironically, these schemes take much more effort than the work he's trying to get out of doing.



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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'':
** Wally may not actually be brilliant, but he's at least a case of ''Competent'', but Lazy. He could achieve a lot more if his immediate superior was someone other than the one and only PointyHairedBoss. The original Wally, in his very first appearance, is brilliant, but trying to get fired to get a company severance package. ScottAdams has said this scenario was ''exactly'' based on Real Life. In one storyline he made so much money betting ''against'' the company in the stock market that he was a billionaire. He kept working there because he didn't know how to make coffee. Wally worked on the company's accounting software in the 80's. 'It's a million lines of undocumented spaghetti logic'. He'll be receiving paychecks long after he's dead. More than one time he has shown that his true ambition in life is to be ''useless'', not lazy; in fact, he tends to put more effort into creative new ways of avoiding anything resembling a task than any amount that could possibly demanded by said task. He once joined golf to learn new ways of being useless.
** Also in ''Dilbert'', WordOfGod says the smartest person in the strip is Dilbert's garbageman. Why would the smartest person in the world ''be'' a garbageman? The author doesn't know, since ''he'' isn't the smartest person in the world.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' is incredibly lazy but quite intelligent: he is able to outwit criminals, is a skilled detective, and can build advanced technology out of simple household objects.
* In ''ComicStrip/TheBeano'', Roger the Dodger's gimmick is that he's often coming up with schemes to get out of doing work. Ironically, these schemes take much more effort than the work he's trying to get out of doing.
* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. He brings home Cs and Ds, when [[HiddenDepths the viewers (as well as Calvin's parents) know he's capable of much more]], given how much effort he puts into his plans to throw Snowballs at Susie, has a ''lot'' of creativity that he spends building Snowmen, and knows just about ''everything'' about Dinosaurs. He thinks of things much beyond the simple first grade material, but he'd much rather hang out all day exploring the woods behind his house. In one strip, he gets a good grade on a test, but he feels that it's just not worth the effort. In another strip when he was comparing test grades with Susie, she was surprised why he was happier in getting a C than an A. He tells her that he figures that life is easier if he keeps everyone's expectations lower. Lampshaded in another strips, where his teacher says, "Calvin, if you'd put ''half'' the energy of your protests into your schoolwork..." The guy is a philosopher as well. He asks his father "how does men killing each other solve the world's problems?" to which his dad has no response to. Also, when he sees a pile of litter in the forest he states that "the truest sign that intelligent life exists is that none of it has tried to contact us."
* Jeremy in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' can be this way. He gets a 3.7 GPA at high school (and is in AP classes) yet can't be assed to try harder. Of course, he's also incapable of doing household chores but what teenagers ''aren't''? This varies depending on the storyline. In a few he has a GPA ''above'' a 4.0 and works feverishly at his schoolwork, but his class is so full of highly-caffeinated (and occasionally flat-out cheating) overachievers that this barely puts him in the top half of the class.
* Caulfield in ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' can run circles around his teachers, but he avoid serious work whenever possible.
* ''ComicStrip/AngusOg'':Angus himself. If he put half as much energy into honest work as he did dodging it with his imaginative, and often convoluted, {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s he'd have been a millionaire.
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* Max Fischer from ''{{Rushmore}}'' is a variation - he's failing at school because he devotes all of his brains to extra-curricular activities and mad schemes (like getting Latin cut from the curriculum in favour of Japanese... and then saving Latin again. Huh.)

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* Max Fischer from ''{{Rushmore}}'' ''Film/{{Rushmore}}'' is a variation - -- he's failing at school because he devotes all of his brains to extra-curricular activities and mad schemes (like getting Latin cut from the curriculum in favour of Japanese... and then saving Latin again. Huh.)



* David Lightman, the protagonist from ''WarGames''. Despite mediocre grades at high school, he knows more than a thing or two about computers and hacking.

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* David Lightman, the protagonist from ''WarGames''.''Film/WarGames''. Despite mediocre grades at high school, he knows more than a thing or two about computers and hacking.



* Subverted in ''{{Amadeus}}''. It seems at first that Mozart spends most of his time partying, chasing women, and getting drunk. But when it came time to compose a song, he could do it brilliantly out of thin air. However, after his jealous rival, Salieri, sent a maid to spy on him, it's revealed that Mozart spent countless hours at home constantly working on new compositions and was over stressing himself.[[spoiler: The stress would lead to his poor health and him dying young.]]
* Dr. Peter Venkman of the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' has doctorates in Psychology AND Parapsychology. You'd be hard-pressed to tell, given that Ray and Egon always do all the brainwork. But the [[Comicbook/{{Ghostbusters}} IDW comics]] have shown that when the chips are down, Venkman ''does'' have considerable skills in the areas. In "Displaced Aggression" he's able to cobble together workable means to capture and contain ghosts by using the remains of his gear and available technology in the Old West.[[note]]Of course Ray shows him up pretty good when the next issue reveals that he did the same...but with only the "technology" available during the days of King Arthur![[/note]] And in the IDW ongoing series, he defeats a ghost that has possessed him by using psychology to figure out its weakness.

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* Subverted in ''{{Amadeus}}''.''Film/{{Amadeus}}''. It seems at first that Mozart spends most of his time partying, chasing women, and getting drunk. But when it came comes time to compose a song, he could can do it brilliantly out of thin air. However, after his jealous rival, Salieri, sent sends a maid to spy on him, it's revealed that Mozart spent spends countless hours at home constantly working on new compositions and was over stressing is over-stressing himself.[[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The stress would lead to his poor health and him dying young.]]
* Dr. Peter Venkman of the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' has doctorates in Psychology AND Parapsychology. You'd be hard-pressed to tell, given that Ray and Egon always do all the brainwork. But the [[Comicbook/{{Ghostbusters}} IDW comics]] have shown that when the chips are down, Venkman ''does'' have considerable skills in the areas. In "Displaced Aggression" he's able to cobble together workable means to capture and contain ghosts by using the remains of his gear and available technology in the Old West.[[note]]Of course Ray shows him up pretty good when the next issue reveals that he did the same... but with only the "technology" available during the days of King Arthur![[/note]] And in the IDW ongoing series, he defeats a ghost that has possessed him by using psychology to figure out its weakness.



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* Jim Halpert from the US version of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' is lazy and unmotivated, yet he is still one of the top salesmen in all of Dunder-Mifflin. But when his job is on the line or when he wants to buckle down and work, he's among the most competent workers there.\\\
[-'''Pam:''' The thing about Jim, is when he's excited about something, like the Office Olympics, he gets really into it and he does a really great job. But the problem with Jim is that he works here, so that hardly ever happens.-]

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* Jim Halpert from the US version of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' is lazy and unmotivated, yet he is still one of the top salesmen in all of Dunder-Mifflin. But when his job is on the line or when he wants to buckle down and work, he's among the most competent workers there.\\\
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-->'''Pam:'''
The thing about Jim, is when he's excited about something, like the Office Olympics, he gets really into it and he does a really great job. But the problem with Jim is that he works here, so that hardly ever happens.-]



* Adrian Series/{{Monk}}'s brother Ambrose isn't so much this as Brilliant But Hopelessly Socially Crippled.
* Ned from ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' is labeled as a "smart but lazy student" by some of the school staff. He's clever enough to come up with [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]] and write a School Survival Guide with very useful tips, and he could make straight A's if he would only try, but he never cares enough to do so.

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* Adrian Series/{{Monk}}'s brother Ambrose isn't so much this as Brilliant But but Hopelessly Socially Crippled.
* Ned from ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' is labeled as a "smart but lazy student" by some of the school staff. He's clever enough to come up with [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]] and write a School Survival Guide with very useful tips, and he could make straight A's if he would only try, but he never cares enough to do so.



-->'''Daisy''': You could have gone far if it wasn't for your handicap.
-->'''Onslow''': What handicap?
-->'''Daisy''': Bone-idleness

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handicap.\\
'''Onslow:'''
What handicap?
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handicap?\\
'''Daisy:'''
Bone-idleness



* Kimoto Mami in ''Series/{{Boss 2009}}''. She prefers to take a taxi to a walk of a few seconds. Also constantly armed with a pillow.

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* Kimoto Mami in ''Series/{{Boss 2009}}''.''Series/Boss2009''. She prefers to take a taxi to a walk of a few seconds. Also constantly armed with a pillow.



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* Tarras Douberg from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' is shown to be very powerful and capable as an A-ranked WH, but he isn't seen as such for a period of time, and is regarded an extra from his lack of participation in a fight. At one point in time, he claims he shouldn't waste his energy fighting the underlings. He also later takes a period of time to join into a fight when he is troubled by his own personal, and considered somewhat pathetic, problems.
* {{Exaggerated}} in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' with Phonsekal Laure, a genius [[MagicByAnyOtherName Wave Controller]] who has a strong habit of sleeping everywhere. Especially on the battlefield. He's never without his blanket and pillow, and when he has to move around, he floats with them around him; his teammates once had to threaten to take them away to get him to do anything.
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* In West African mythology, this is one of [[TricksterArchetype Anansi The Spider's]] major character traits. Most of the times where he had the tables turned on him were due to the fact that he is so intent on avoiding work that he often screws himself over.
* This is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation one interpretation]] of Askeladd from Norwegian folktales. In nearly every story he's said to occupy himself with poking the ashes in the fire, a job reserved for weak (or sometimes just plain lazy) members of the household. But he saves the day by BSing his way through everything.

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* In West African West-African mythology, this is one of [[TricksterArchetype Anansi The Spider's]] major character traits. Most of the times where he had has the tables turned on him were are due to the fact that he is so intent on avoiding work that he often screws himself over.
* This is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation one interpretation]] of Askeladd from Norwegian folktales. In nearly every story he's said to occupy himself with poking the ashes in the fire, a job reserved for weak (or sometimes just plain lazy) members of the household. But he saves the day by BSing bullshiting his way through everything.



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* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. He brings home Cs and Ds, when [[HiddenDepths the viewers (as well as Calvin's parents) know he's capable of much more]], given how much effort he puts into his plans to throw Snowballs at Susie, has a ''lot'' of creativity that he spends building Snowmen, and knows just about ''everything'' about Dinosaurs. He thinks of things much beyond the simple first grade material, but he'd much rather hang out all day exploring the woods behind his house. In one strip, he gets a good grade on a test, but he feels that it's just not worth the effort. In another strip when he was comparing test grades with Susie, she was surprised why he was happier in getting a C than an A. He tells her that he figures that life is easier if he keeps everyone's expectations lower. Lampshaded in another strips, where his teacher says, "Calvin, if you'd put ''half'' the energy of your protests into your schoolwork..."
** The guy is a philosopher as well. He asks his father "how does men killing each other solve the world's problems?" to which his dad has no response to. Also, when he sees a pile of litter in the forest he states that "the truest sign that intelligent life exists is that none of it has tried to contact us."
* Jeremy in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' can be this way. He gets a 3.7 GPA at high school (and is in AP classes) yet can't be assed to try harder. Of course, he's also incapable of doing household chores but what teenagers ''aren't''? This varies depending on the storyline. In a few he has a GPA ''above'' a 4.0 and works feverishly at his schoolwork, but his class is so full of highly-caffeinated (and occasionally flat-out cheating) overachievers that this barely puts him in the top half of the class.
* Caulfield in ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' can run circles around his teachers, but he avoid serious work whenever possible.
* ''ComicStrip/AngusOg'':Angus himself. If he put half as much energy into honest work as he did dodging it with his imaginative, and often convoluted, {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s he'd have been a millionaire.
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* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. He brings home Cs and Ds, when [[HiddenDepths the viewers (as well as Calvin's parents) know he's capable of much more]], given how much effort he puts into his plans to throw Snowballs at Susie, has a ''lot'' of creativity that he spends building Snowmen, and knows just about ''everything'' about Dinosaurs. He thinks of things much beyond the simple first grade material, but he'd much rather hang out all day exploring the woods behind his house. In one strip, he gets a good grade on a test, but he feels that it's just not worth the effort. In another strip when he was comparing test grades with Susie, she was surprised why he was happier in getting a C than an A. He tells her that he figures that life is easier if he keeps everyone's expectations lower. Lampshaded in another strips, where his teacher says, "Calvin, if you'd put ''half'' the energy of your protests into your schoolwork..."
** The guy is a philosopher as well. He asks his father "how does men killing each other solve the world's problems?" to which his dad has no response to. Also, when he sees a pile of litter in the forest he states that "the truest sign that intelligent life exists is that none of it has tried to contact us."
* Jeremy in ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' can be this way. He gets a 3.7 GPA at high school (and is in AP classes) yet can't be assed to try harder. Of course, he's also incapable of doing household chores but what teenagers ''aren't''? This varies depending on the storyline. In a few he has a GPA ''above'' a 4.0 and works feverishly at his schoolwork, but his class is so full of highly-caffeinated (and occasionally flat-out cheating) overachievers that this barely puts him in the top half of the class.
* Caulfield in ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' can run circles around his teachers, but he avoid serious work whenever possible.
* ''ComicStrip/AngusOg'':Angus himself. If he put half as much energy into honest work as he did dodging it with his imaginative, and often convoluted, {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s he'd have been a millionaire.
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** They're not even the worst examples. The serpentine Yuan Ti, for example are as smart as dragons, have their own array of cool tricks, and unlike dragons are actually fairly well organized and not prone to excessive ''ChronicBackstabbingDisorder'' when compared to other ''ChaoticEvil'' creatures, which enables them to work together on long term projects, but they almost never actually seem to do so.
** In the ''{{Planescape}}'' setting, there's Factol Karan, the leader of the Xaositects - sometimes. As the leader of a group that embraces Chaos, he doesn't always use his skills to their fullest pontential, even though his is a powerful warrior. As ''The Factol's Manifesto'' puts it, "Karan is a great leader, he just doesn't lead his men to great things."
* ''{{Exalted}}''

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** They're not even the worst examples. The serpentine Yuan Ti, for example are as smart as dragons, have their own array of cool tricks, and unlike dragons are actually fairly well organized and not prone to excessive ''ChronicBackstabbingDisorder'' ChronicBackstabbingDisorder when compared to other ''ChaoticEvil'' ChaoticEvil creatures, which enables them to work together on long term projects, but they almost never actually seem to do so.
** In the ''{{Planescape}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' setting, there's Factol Karan, the leader of the Xaositects - -- sometimes. As the leader of a group that embraces Chaos, he doesn't always use his skills to their fullest pontential, pontetial, even though his is a powerful warrior. As ''The Factol's Manifesto'' puts it, "Karan is a great leader, he just doesn't lead his men to great things."
* ''{{Exalted}}''''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':



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-->'''Ella''': He's not a playboy! He's a very talented playwright.\\
'''Gwynne''': Yeah--but all he does is play. He never writes.

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-->'''Ella''': -->'''Ella:''' He's not a playboy! He's a very talented playwright.\\
'''Gwynne''': Yeah--but '''Gwynne:''' Yeah -- but all he does is play. He never writes.



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* ''Videogame/ApolloJustice Ace Attorney'':
** Ema Skye seems to have become something along these lines. She has a genuine love of science and a very useful amount of knowledge regarding forensics, but she lacks her predecessor Gumshoe's enthusiasm for investigating. Failing her final exam has left her pretty half-hearted about her detective work. As a result, she can be quite sloppy and thus [[InspectorLestrade overlooks certain vital clues that Apollo picks up on and uses to solve the crime in court.]]
** Maya also shows herself to be a gifted medium, frequently able to channel her sister in seconds whereas normally a ritual is needed. She's also easily able to channel [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne, a person she's never seen before which is a big prerequisite for chanelling someone that even Pearl needs while scared out of her wits, cold, tired and very hungry.]] However, she tends to shirk her training for various reasons and solve murders with Phoenix instead.



* The vice principal in ''VisualNovel/{{Canvas 2}}'' grudgingly admits that Hiroki is an excellent teacher when he bothers to actually do his job.



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* ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorne'':
** Ema Skye seems to have become something along these lines. She has a genuine love of science and a very useful amount of knowledge regarding forensics, but she lacks her predecessor Gumshoe's enthusiasm for investigating. Failing her final exam has left her pretty half-hearted about her detective work. As a result, she can be quite sloppy and thus [[InspectorLestrade overlooks certain vital clues that Apollo picks up on and uses to solve the crime in court.]]
** Maya also shows herself to be a gifted medium, frequently able to channel her sister in seconds whereas normally a ritual is needed. She's also easily able to channel [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne, a person she's never seen before which is a big prerequisite for chanelling someone that even Pearl needs while scared out of her wits, cold, tired and very hungry.]] However, she tends to shirk her training for various reasons and solve murders with Phoenix instead.
* The vice principal in ''VisualNovel/Canvas2'' grudgingly admits that Hiroki is an excellent teacher when he bothers to actually do his job.



* [[TheJuggernaut Gilgamesh]] from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is a villainous example of this PlayedForDrama. He has access to ''every'' legendary weapon in history (for comparison, the most anyone else has is three), and he's so powerful that [[WordOfGod all the other characters in the game together wouldn't stand a chance against him]]. Fortunately for everyone else, he never gets serious [[SmugSuper because of his massive ego]].
** To give an example of just how insanely strong he is, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s36ItsjeCns this]] is what happened when he faced a guy who he somewhat respected and who could summon a world in which his BadassArmy could still march and fight. [[CurbStompBattle Note how easily he won...]] And that he did it while ''standing still''. And that's ''not'' him fighting seriously, just showing some respect-''nobody'' has ever warranted him going all out with perhaps the lone exception of his only companion, Enkidu.

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* [[TheJuggernaut Gilgamesh]] from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is a villainous example of this PlayedForDrama. He has access to ''every'' legendary weapon in history (for comparison, the most anyone else has is three), and he's so powerful that [[WordOfGod all the other characters in the game together wouldn't stand a chance against him]]. Fortunately for everyone else, he never gets serious [[SmugSuper because of his massive ego]].
**
ego]]. To give an example of just how insanely strong he is, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s36ItsjeCns this]] is what happened when he faced a guy who he somewhat respected and who could summon a world in which his BadassArmy could still march and fight. [[CurbStompBattle Note how easily he won...]] And that he did it while ''standing still''. And that's ''not'' him fighting seriously, just showing some respect-''nobody'' has ever warranted him going all out with perhaps the lone exception of his only companion, Enkidu.



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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** Dexter Grif may just be this according to Church, being the only member of the Red Team that the OnlySaneMan is willing to take seriously as well as usually forced to play CommanderContrarian to Sarge, who's plan focuses entirely on ways to get Grif killed. In one of the MultipleEndings where the characters are forced into combat against each other, Grif actually does pretty well, taking out a tank and killing Tucker.
** Lopez easily notices the flaws in everything the soldiers do but doing nothing to help them. Considering what they put Lopez through it might be more passive aggression rather than outright laziness.
** Tucker might be this as well. He develops into a more than competent combatant throughout the series, and it's implied that the only reason he's not running the Blue Team is because he simply prefers not to, and just lets Church handle it.
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* Idril from "DestinyFailsUs" will go out of her way to print off a fake report card, instead of do the actual homework. Just because she wants to play some [[http://destinyfailsus.com/comics/42/#.T74CDcWFnCE video games]].

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* Idril from "DestinyFailsUs" ''Webcomic/DestinyFailsUs'' will go out of her way to print off a fake report card, instead of do the actual homework. Just because she wants to play some [[http://destinyfailsus.com/comics/42/#.T74CDcWFnCE video games]].



%%* Reuben from ''WoodsForTheTrees''.
* [[BigBad Xykon]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is something of a villainous version- despite being a highly competent and rather intelligent villain, he's literally too lazy and self-absorbed to do much himself, leaving the detail work and day-to-day running of his empire to [[HypercompetentSidekick Redcloak]] while he acts like a buffoonish borderline-{{Cloudcuckoolander}}. [[BerserkButton Seriously interfere with his plans or challenge his rep, however,]] and Xykon will [[NotSoHarmlessVillain show you exactly why he's one of the most dangerous villains in the comic]]. Xykon is downright proud that he can afford to be lazy. To him, not needing a plan to deal with an enemy is the ultimate expression of power.

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%%* Reuben from ''WoodsForTheTrees''.
* [[BigBad Xykon]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is something of a villainous version- despite version. Despite being a highly competent and rather intelligent villain, he's literally too lazy and self-absorbed to do much himself, leaving the detail work and day-to-day running of his empire to [[HypercompetentSidekick Redcloak]] while he acts like a buffoonish borderline-{{Cloudcuckoolander}}. [[BerserkButton Seriously interfere with his plans or challenge his rep, however,]] and Xykon will [[NotSoHarmlessVillain show you exactly why he's one of the most dangerous villains in the comic]]. Xykon is downright proud that he can afford to be lazy. To him, not needing a plan to deal with an enemy is the ultimate expression of power.






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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''
** Dexter Grif may just be this according to Church, being the only member of the Red Team that the OnlySaneMan is willing to take seriously as well as usually forced to play CommanderContrarian to Sarge, who's plan focuses entirely on ways to get Grif killed. In one of the MultipleEndings where the characters are forced into combat against each other, Grif actually does pretty well, taking out a tank and killing Tucker.
** Lopez easily notices the flaws in everything the soldiers do but doing nothing to help them. Considering what they put Lopez through it might be more passive aggression rather than outright laziness.
** Tucker might be this as well. He develops into a more than competent combatant throughout the series, and it's implied that the only reason he's not running the Blue Team is because he simply prefers not to, and just lets Church handle it.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''
** Dexter Grif may just be this according to Church, being the only member of the Red Team that the OnlySaneMan is willing to take seriously as well as usually forced to play CommanderContrarian to Sarge, who's plan focuses entirely on ways to get Grif killed. In one of the MultipleEndings where the characters are forced into combat against each other, Grif actually does pretty well, taking out a tank and killing Tucker.
** Lopez easily notices the flaws in everything the soldiers do but doing nothing to help them. Considering what they put Lopez through it might be more passive aggression rather than outright laziness.
** Tucker might be this as well. He develops into a more than competent combatant throughout the series, and it's implied that the only reason he's not running the Blue Team is because he simply prefers not to, and just lets Church handle it.
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* Hinted by GeniusDitz [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgia Critic]]. He knows how to take over the world but doesn't want to tell, and he can learn languages really fast when he's obsessing over something meaningless. He also once discovered a pattern in the stock market that could lead to making only successful investments, but ignored it because he was actually looking for a StealthInsult from ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd''.
* Plenty of the high schoolers at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Askey can't be bothered to go to classes, as all he wants to do is play video games or make video games. Thrasher is the son of a supervillain, and uses his superpowers to... thrash on a skateboard. Fantastico has Exemplar skills and a perfect memory, but couldn't be bothered to write a paper for English class (he has money too, so he paid one of his minions to write it). The mutants who are brilliant and not lazy are flat out scary.

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* Hinted by GeniusDitz [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgia Critic]]. He knows how to take over the world but doesn't want to tell, and he can learn languages really fast when he's obsessing over something meaningless. He also once discovered a pattern in the stock market that could lead to making only successful investments, but ignored it because he was actually looking for a StealthInsult from ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd''.
WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd.
* Plenty of the high schoolers at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse.''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Askey can't be bothered to go to classes, as all he wants to do is play video games or make video games. Thrasher is the son of a supervillain, and uses his superpowers to... thrash on a skateboard. Fantastico has Exemplar skills and a perfect memory, but couldn't be bothered to write a paper for English class (he has money too, so he paid one of his minions to write it). The mutants who are brilliant and not lazy are flat out scary.



* Caleb from ''Series/FlandersCompany'' is the resident GadgeteerGenius who's supposed to run the research department, but spends most of his office hours next to the coffee machine. Whenever he is taking himself seriously, he is actually quite competent and can come up with good inventions. Sadly, he is incredibly lazy, resulting in him mostly passing his time drinking coffee or causing explosions.



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* Many gifted kids, especially those who are "undiscovered" are this - they can do what others struggle to do with minimal work, and sometimes never develop a good work ethic. Oftentimes this leads to difficulties later in life, as work genuinely becomes challenging and they have no idea how to begin to handle it. This usually results in depression problems. On the other hand, college and introductory training are in large part ''designed'' for this, and they help people develop work ethics, if they haven't already.
** Many gifted kids skate through elementary school without being challenged. When they actually have to work to learn something, they become frustrated and shut down. They don't understand why the answer doesn't just pop in their head. This is why it is important to challenge them early and often so they know what it feels like to actually learn something. This concept of challenge is often referred to as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_of_proximal_development zone of proximal development]] by educators. On top of that, a lot of these gifted kids are known to have AspergersSyndrome, ADHD, or some other pervasive developmental disorder that causes them to be poorly catered for.

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* Many gifted kids, especially those who are "undiscovered" are this - -- they can do what others struggle to do with minimal work, and sometimes never develop a good work ethic. Oftentimes this leads to difficulties later in life, as work genuinely becomes challenging and they have no idea how to begin to handle it. This usually results in depression problems. On the other hand, college and introductory training are in large part ''designed'' for this, and they help people develop work ethics, if they haven't already.
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already.\\\
Many gifted kids skate through elementary school without being challenged. When they actually have to work to learn something, they become frustrated and shut down. They don't understand why the answer doesn't just pop in their head. This is why it is important to challenge them early and often so they know what it feels like to actually learn something. This concept of challenge is often referred to as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_of_proximal_development zone of proximal development]] by educators. On top of that, a lot of these gifted kids are known to have AspergersSyndrome, ADHD, or some other pervasive developmental disorder that causes them to be poorly catered for.



* [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf Hitler]] was described by his teachers as having unlimited talent but being too arrogant and lazy to actually do anything with it. Even after becoming Chancellor he was more inclined to take long walks, play with his dogs and watch movies than actually run his country because he thought that the affairs of government would just take care of themselves if you didn't interfere too much.

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* [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf Hitler]] UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler was described by his teachers as having unlimited talent but being too arrogant and lazy to actually do anything with it. Even after becoming Chancellor he was more inclined to take long walks, play with his dogs and watch movies than actually run his country because he thought that the affairs of government would just take care of themselves if you didn't interfere too much.



* While being critically acclaimed in his country, the brazilian writer Aníbal Machado has a work consisting of just a few short stories and one novel. This novel, called João Ternura, was written for around 45 years, with interruptions in the meantime, only been published posthumously.
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* While being critically acclaimed in his country, the brazilian writer Aníbal Machado has a work consisting of just a few short stories and one novel. This novel, called João Ternura, ''João Ternura'', was written for around 45 years, with interruptions in the meantime, only been published posthumously.
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* The male lead of ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'' Naoki is TeenGenius N°1 in Japan but never bothers to actually and doesn't understand why anyone is so anxious of going to university to continue studying. His mother explains, since there's nothing he can't accomplish, he lacks dreams and ambitions.
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** Rusty is a tragic example in the sense that he has ''plenty'' of issues due to how being a boy adventurer would actually be as well as the hell his father and his friends put him through. It is implied that if he did overcome the vast neuroses and psychological issues, he could surpass his father, regarding the best super scientist.



* Spud from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' is a genius, but he thinks being focused on the books all the time is boring. He needs a challenge to enjoy indulging his mind.

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* Spud from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' is a genius, but he thinks being focused on the books all the time is boring. He needs a challenge to enjoy However, he does realize that indulging his mind.too much on laziness is also unhealthy. His genius is revealed when Jake tricked him into acing an IQ test.



** Bart Simpson is a good example. He can be pretty cunning, deductive, and intelligent when he puts his mind to it, particularly when up against his nemesis Sideshow Bob, but in school he'd rather do the bare minimum (if that). He mastered two languages (Spanish and French) in a relatively short time. Only to 'forget' French and have Spanish knocked out of him. And Japanese along with Homer after a short while in jail.\\\
This also shown mixed with his [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny short attention span]] where he's willing to algebraic equations as a distraction from the ten page book report he was assigned. When an aptitude test shows that he's not useless and is suited to be a police officer, he unleashes that potential. [[ResetButton For a while]].\\\
This also overlaps with BookDumb, as when he actually does try in one episode, he technically still fails the test. He only manages to pass because he related his experience to something he read in his studies, which got him extra credit for "applied knowledge". A FlashForward shows that he will be a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Made even more impressive in that in a not-as-far flash forward, he went to night school for his law degree. (Then again, in almost all the others, he's a bum, or at least hardly works.)

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** Bart Simpson is a good example. He can be pretty cunning, deductive, and intelligent when he puts his mind to it, particularly when up against his nemesis Sideshow Bob, but in school he'd rather do the bare minimum (if that). He mastered two languages (Spanish and French) in a relatively short time. Only to 'forget' French and have Spanish knocked out of him. And Japanese along with Homer after a short while in jail.\\\
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This also shown mixed with his [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny short attention span]] where he's willing to algebraic equations do ''algebraic equations'' as a distraction from the ten page book report he was assigned. When an aptitude test shows that he's not useless and is suited to be a police officer, he unleashes that potential. [[ResetButton For a while]].\\\
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also overlaps with BookDumb, as when he actually does try in one episode, he technically still fails the test. He only manages to pass because he related his experience to something he read in his studies, which got him extra credit for "applied knowledge". A FlashForward shows that he will be a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Made even more impressive in that in a not-as-far flash forward, he went to night school for his law degree. (Then again, in almost all the others, he's a bum, or at least hardly works.works, though they all seemed to be connected and its those expeirence that finally gets him into gear.)



** Jeff Albertson, the Comic Book Guy is probably the biggest example on the show. He's actually a member of Mensa, and does tend to talk like a "book smart" (though [[SmallNameBigEgo snobbish and egotistical]]) type, and he once did write and self-publish a comic book called ''Everyman'' that was a brief success (and cancelled it later when it he couldn't condone the truly terrible movie it was made into) but usually all he does with his smarts is [[SnakeOilSalesman profiteering]] (Maybe it makes sense at first that he can justify charging $150 for a photo of Sean Connery that was signed by Roger Moore, as he did in one episode, [[IceCreamKoan but when you think about it for a few minutes...)]]. And he's definitely lazy, being a morbidly obese couch potato who doesn't give a damn about his health, in one episode buying a hundred tacos for a ''Series/DoctorWho'' marathon. (In another episode he admitted to being a 45-year-old virgin who still lives with his mother.)

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** Jeff Albertson, the Comic Book Guy is probably the biggest example on the show. He's actually a member of Mensa, and does tend to talk like a "book smart" (though [[SmallNameBigEgo snobbish and egotistical]]) type, and he once did write and self-publish a comic book called ''Everyman'' that was a brief success (and cancelled it later when it he couldn't condone condoned the truly terrible movie it was made into) into, even if it meant dismissing the chance for more money and potential for another film closer to the source material) but usually all he does with his smarts is [[SnakeOilSalesman profiteering]] (Maybe it makes sense at first that he can justify charging $150 for a photo of Sean Connery that was signed by Roger Moore, as he did in one episode, [[IceCreamKoan but when you think about it for a few minutes...)]]. And he's definitely lazy, being a morbidly obese couch potato who doesn't give a damn about his health, in one episode buying a hundred tacos for a ''Series/DoctorWho'' marathon. (In another episode he admitted to being a 45-year-old virgin who still lives with his mother.)



* Mordecai and Rigby from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' are quite lazy much of the time, but when they actually get around to working, they're pretty efficient. Benson's anger at them if they don't do their jobs right is a motivator for Mordecai, but not for Rigby, who always thinks he can talk his way out of everything - until he actually screws up, that is, when he panics. We are given a symbolic example of their laziness in that Rigby dropped out of high school, and Mordecai continued on to art school but dropped out of it too. Mordecai is the only one who can motivate Rigby to work, and Rigby being there is the main thing that motivates Mordecai to work. Benson knows this, which is part of the reason why he could never fire Rigby on his own and hire someone else. The other, more significant reason, is that Benson's boss Mr Maillard would never let him fire Mordecai and Rigby because his son Pops likes them and considers them his only friends.

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* Mordecai and Rigby from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' are quite lazy much of the time, but when they actually get around to working, they're pretty efficient. Benson's anger at them if they don't do their jobs right is a motivator for Mordecai, but not for Rigby, who always thinks he can talk his way out of everything - until he actually screws up, that is, when he panics. We are given a symbolic example of their laziness in that Rigby dropped out of high school, and Mordecai continued on to art school but dropped out of it too. too (though that may be different due to [[spoiler: the events of the movie revealing both were expelled.]] Mordecai is the only one who can motivate Rigby to work, and Rigby being there is the main thing that motivates Mordecai to work. Benson knows this, which is part of the reason why he could never fire Rigby on his own and hire someone else. The other, more significant reason, is that Benson's boss Mr Maillard would never let him fire Mordecai and Rigby because his son Pops likes them and considers them his only friends.friends.
** They do get more responsible as they develop, with Rigby managing to get his diploma in the later seasons.



** In terms of how capable he was, he was stronger and more skilled than ''Yin and Yang combined'' even when he was ''three years old'' (as shown in an episode where he is de-aged.)



* Many gifted kids, especially those who are "undiscovered" are this - they can do what others struggle to do with minimal work, and sometimes never develop a good work ethic. Oftentimes this leads to difficulties later in life, as work genuinely becomes challenging and they have no idea how to begin to handle it. This usually results in depression problems. On the other hand, college and introductory training are in large part ''designed'' for this, and they help people develop work ethics, if they haven't already.\\\
Many gifted kids skate through elementary school without being challenged. When they actually have to work to learn something, they become frustrated and shut down. They don't understand why the answer doesn't just pop in their head. This is why it is important to challenge them early and often so they know what it feels like to actually learn something. This concept of challenge is often referred to as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_of_proximal_development zone of proximal development]] by educators. On top of that, a lot of these gifted kids are known to have AspergersSyndrome, ADHD, or some other pervasive developmental disorder that causes them to be poorly catered for.

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* Many gifted kids, especially those who are "undiscovered" are this - they can do what others struggle to do with minimal work, and sometimes never develop a good work ethic. Oftentimes this leads to difficulties later in life, as work genuinely becomes challenging and they have no idea how to begin to handle it. This usually results in depression problems. On the other hand, college and introductory training are in large part ''designed'' for this, and they help people develop work ethics, if they haven't already.\\\
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Many gifted kids skate through elementary school without being challenged. When they actually have to work to learn something, they become frustrated and shut down. They don't understand why the answer doesn't just pop in their head. This is why it is important to challenge them early and often so they know what it feels like to actually learn something. This concept of challenge is often referred to as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_of_proximal_development zone of proximal development]] by educators. On top of that, a lot of these gifted kids are known to have AspergersSyndrome, ADHD, or some other pervasive developmental disorder that causes them to be poorly catered for.
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* Shawn from ''Series/{{Psych}}'' is a gifted observer, and he earned a perfect score on the detective's exam at age 15 for fun. He beat his dad at chess when he was eight, solved Sudoku upside down, and possesses an eidetic memory. Also shown to be a crack shot, as he hit all of detective Barry's bullet holes in the shooting range with zero training. He can't join the police force due to a car theft as a teen, and honestly wouldn't bother if he could. Instead, he took up a random string of jobs purely for their entertainment value. He opened his own "psychic" detective agency and is on contract with the Santa Barbara police department after solving a series of crimes from television reports. He's a PhonyPsychic because after solving all those crimes with his own criminal background he needed an explanation to avoid being convicted as an accomplice. PhonyPsychic also happens to pay well, and allow him to be a lazy detective. He is still something of a slacker, but when motivated, will work hard.\\\
At least some of Shawn's laziness is explained as being a reaction against his father's absurdly overbearing attempts to groom him to FollowInMyFootsteps and become a police officer upon recognising his abilities; it's often implied that had his father just backed off a bit and let Shawn develop at his own pace more, Shawn would have likely been more willing to do so, or at least make more of his abilities than he did before the series.

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* Shawn from ''Series/{{Psych}}'' is a gifted observer, and he earned a perfect score ''perfect score'' on the detective's exam at age 15 ''15'' for fun. He beat his dad at chess when he was eight, solved Sudoku upside down, and possesses an eidetic memory. Also shown to be a crack shot, as he hit all of detective Barry's bullet holes in the shooting range with zero training. He can't join the police force due to a car theft as a teen, and honestly wouldn't bother if he could. teen (though that is a more complicated issue, read below) Instead, he took up a random string of jobs purely for their entertainment value. He opened his own "psychic" detective agency and is on contract with the Santa Barbara police department after solving a series of crimes from television reports. He's a PhonyPsychic because after solving all those crimes with his own criminal background he needed an explanation to avoid being convicted as an accomplice. PhonyPsychic also happens to pay well, and allow him to be a lazy detective. detective (psychic detectives are not required to take examinations or get licensed.) He is still something of a slacker, but when motivated, will work hard.\\\
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At least some of Shawn's laziness is explained as being a reaction against his father's absurdly overbearing attempts to groom him to FollowInMyFootsteps and become a police officer upon recognising his abilities; it's often implied that had his father just backed off a bit and let Shawn develop at his own pace more, Shawn would have likely been more willing to do so, or at least make more of his abilities than he did before the series.series.
** In his youth, Shawn was intending on following his dad's footsteps despite it all. But complciations led to Henry and Madeline Spencer splitting (namely an opportunity for Maddie) and Henry took the fall so Shawn would not resent his mother. This led to quite the BrokenPedestal for Shawn regarding his dad and he committed the felony to spite his dad and not become a cop as a result. The relationship between the two recovers, especially once Shawn learns the truth from his mother.
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*** He wasn't this originally. He actually was a very proactive fighter in his youth, but [[spoiler:his brutal loss against Kaidou and having lost his crew broke him and shook his view.]] His dependence on his zombies is a result of this.
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